Dayton Dragons outfielder Josh Garton makes sure to play the game the right way. He does not like to show up the other team, especially the other pitcher, knowing it could come back to not only hurt him, but his team. Garton also likes to keep the pace of the game moving, and not be the cause of it slowing down.
This way of thinking for Garton translates to the plate when he hits the ball hard, and especially when he knows it is going over the wall for a home run. While most players will trot around the bases, and some will take their time to watch the pitch sail over the wall, Garton puts his head down and begins a sprint around the bases.
“It is just something that I have always done,” Garton said. “I know I am not the only one to do this, but I would like to be the fastest.”
Former Dayton Dragon infielder, and current Oakland Athletic Adam Rosales is also known for sprinting around the bases after hitting a home run. “I want to beat him for sure,” Garton said.
Garton’s routine of sprinting around the bases almost caused a problem earlier this season while he was in Extended Spring Training for the Reds in Goodyear, Arizona. “I hit a home run in a game with Billy Hamilton on first,” Garton said. “Hamilton slowed down to watch it leave the yard. I had to push him to go faster and make sure I didn’t pass him.”
Sprinting around the bases following the long ball is something that Garton will continue to do and that he feels is right for the game of baseball. “I will get faster and faster each time,” he said.
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by Vernon Law, Pittsburgh Pirates former pitcher